Survey Technician III, Tacoma Power- City of Tacoma

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Survey Technician III, Tacoma Power- City of Tacoma

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There are currently openings for a few Survey Technician III at Tacoma Power. This posting is to create a list that will be used to fill this vacancy, and any other vacancies that occur at Tacoma Power over the next year.

A Survey Technician III within Power Generation performs technical, semi-professional work as an instrument operator on a survey crew which includes the operation of specialized instruments used for Tacoma Power's Dam Safety monitoring program. An employee in this classification is responsible for setting up, adjusting and operating total stations, levels, data recording units, G.P.S. receivers, other surveying instruments and dam monitoring instruments to secure data to support Tacoma Power's Dam Safety program and surveying needs.

Responsibilities Include:

Set, adjust and operate levels, theodolites, total stations, data recording units, GPS receivers and other surveying instruments to establish angles and elevations for construction, engineering design, control networks, monitoring structures, and property surveys.
Maintain notes, sketches and records of work performed or data secured; develop sketches or hard copies as required
Provide work direction and technical assistance to other technicians as required.
Establish hubs for line and grade using level rod, tapes, plumb bob, prisms and engineer’s chain as required; assist in sighting procedures.
Take linear measurements as directed with steel tape or prism, drive and mark stakes or uncover existing survey points.
Clear brush, weeds and other obstacles from line of sight using machete, axe, or chainsaw.
Determine field equipment requirements and stock crew truck accordingly.
Set traffic cones, signs, and flag traffic to safely redirect traffic.
Maintain and calibrate equipment, perform minor repairs, monitor tire pressures, fuel, and oil levels in assigned vehicle.
Learn to operate a variety of tools and instruments associated with monitoring a dam.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Position requires lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds, climbing and digging.
Work includes an indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving from site to site.
An employee in this position is subject to working in high winds, rain, and around potentially hazardous construction sites, busy traffic, construction equipment, fumes and noise.
An equivalent combination to:

3+ years of experience in field survey work including 2+ years of experience in the operation of survey instruments
Graduation from high school supplemented by course work in trigonometry, geometry and/or engineering
Valid Driver's License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

Methods, tools, equipment and materials used in survey work
Field survey techniques and practices
Intermediate trigonometry and geometry
Proper method of storing equipment, materials and supplies
Applicable laws, codes regulations, policies and procedures
Health safety regulations
Record-keeping techniques including field books
Specialized equipment used in field survey work, including operation of a personal computer
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Read and understand field notes, construction plans and hard copies
Work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches
Operate a variety of survey instruments, dam monitoring instruments, and hand tools
Follow established procedures in the performance of a variety of survey calculations requiring careful execution
Perform tasks efficiently from oral and written direction
Perform manual labor
Operate a variety of tools and equipment including level rod, tapes, plumb bob and engineering chains
Proper lifting techniques
Safely operate a motor vehicle
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
Meet schedules and timelines
Work independently with little direction
Provide technical assistance and work direction to others
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

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All interested individuals must apply online and attach a resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to the position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental question responses reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts as part of the civil service examination. Applicants who pass the examination will be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 17. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification. Appointment is subject to passing a background check and a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen .

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 5pm on the closing date.

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